The Melancholy Deaths of Edward Gorey’s Children The Hapless Child is the tragic story of a little orphaned girl who runs away from the. I know that Edward Gorey liked to put announcement cards into many of his drawings, but I did not notice them in every book I will have to take. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the PDO pressing CD release of The Hapless Child (And Other Inscrutable Stories) on Discogs.

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Dec 29, Tracy rated it really liked it Shelves: Even with the plot twists and turns, I find The Hapless Child to be a rather straightforward tale, and for me it less engaging than his more non-linear stories which invite the reader to join in and “fill in the blanks”.

The Hapless Child by Edward Gorey. Gorey did not repeat in any other book. I will have to take a look now that you mention it! Hardcover64 pages. But they’re amusing, and rather timely. Wickedly and humorously depressing.

Utterly depressing story, but beautiful, detailed black and white ink drawings. Nov 08, Callie Rose Tyler rated it liked it Shelves: It did not have a happy ending. Would have reviewed when I read it, but they didn’t have a reading social network at the time. I found it in the children’s section of the library, but this is just too much. I welcome all discussions, questions, comments and corrections to the information posted. Feb 07, Lindsay rated it it was amazing. We’ll start off with a classic, from the much-beloved Gasheycrumb Tinies: Sep 20, Jennifer rated it it was amazing.

Edward Gorey is a very unique author.

The Melancholy Deaths of Edward Gorey’s Children

I bought a bunch of Edward Gorey books for a dollar at a library sale. Remembering that artwork in his published books is reproduced life size to his original drawings, it is no small feat that Gorey was able to put so many details into each image. Tbe to Read Currently Reading Read. Trivia About The Hapless Child. His books seem designed to give little kids nightmares, and I have a hunch that they are often successful. I only dabble in foreign editions when I run across them – are there Korean translations???


Having gone through most of his books over the weekend, I wanted to share some of Gorey’s most striking and sometimes shocking edsard involving kids — many of them creepier and more morbid than I had ever given Gorey credit for being. This book is inspired by Mr. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I would say this is mature material for mature people.

Here, let me tell you a little story about poor Charlotte Sophia. As it turns out, ecward is exward representative of the fates of children throughout Gorey’s work — they nearly always meet a tragic end. They are sick, deadpan, mean-spirited and often hilarious. I will cild if I happen to read that one. Do you know about the abandoned visiting card or is it a postcard in each of his books??!! The art is creepy and beautiful. But the audie The most depressing and harrowing “children’s book” I’ve ever read.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Gorey pulls out all the stops and produces intricate drawings that are densely detailed.

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Delving into his thf works for a project recently, it dawned on me how my impression of this prolific writer had been cemented by my familiarity with just one or two of his books — like The Gashleycrumb Tiniesa deliciously morbid, alphabetical catalog of 26 children’s deaths.

Gorey’s specialty is writing horrific stories about the bad things that happen to unfortunate children.

But, if you don’t like your humor black as the blackest black that ever ogrey, perhaps “The Gashlycrumb Tinies” would be a better starting place: Gorey’s love of silent films and the book has a cinematic feel to it, both in the story telling and the illustrations. Also, the fact that Gorey channels a 19th century aesthetic probably allows him to get away with more of this than if his style were modern haplees what with the memento mori and general morbidness of the Victorian era, tragically-killed children don’t seem so out of place.


Gorey’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen St. Death, abuse, sickness, fear and suffering are the major ingredients of the child’s life, and the story is brought to life through Gorey’s marvellous illustrations. Monday, November 10, The Hapless Child. In The Hapless Childhe has finally gone over the edge and created a masterpiece of pattern, texture, light and shadow. The real interest in Gorey’s work isn’t so much the story as the morbid artwork. Oct 02, Rakisha rated it liked it. If you have a poorly printed copy of the book, you may not be able to see it.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Although he would frequently state that his formal art training was “negligible”, Gorey studied art for one semester at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago ineventually becoming a professional illustrator.

Posted by ampootozote at 6: He’s well-known for his sketch-like drawings. Jul 11, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 30, Girey Poytress rated it it was amazing Shelves: As a UK based Gorey collector, I am greatly enjoying your blog!

Also shown is the white Swiss 1st hardcover.